Grand Rapids Driveway Contractors

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

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To overlay,with proper adhesion so it does not peel off, you first need to prepare the surface - typically heavy watercutting or sandblasting for concrete over concrete, or high-pressure presure washing and an asphalt (NOT water based cutback) adhesion coat before asphalt overlay.

 

Because of the prep cost, a concrete overlay commonly costs more than just tearingit out and replacing it, and if you are replacing it due to cracking and breaking up those cracks will almost always propogate or "reflect" through the new layer too with concrete. Ditto with asphalt overlay, though using a crack-stopper fabric can reduce (but usually not eliminate) that.

 

If just repairing ice melt/freeze thaw deterioration, a cementatious epoxy overlay can be used, though its life is less (normally) than new concrete. Usually used for limited areas like garage area pad, not entire driveways.

 

Asphalt overlays over somewhat deteriorated concrete can work well,but if not prepared and high-pressure (about 5000 psi or higher) cleaned to remove ALL deteriorated material, they can peel off because they stuck to deteriorated loose material rather than sound concrete. Again, can cost as much for a 1-1/2 to 2 inch overlay as for a 3-4 inch full replacement by the time you are done, because the prep work is labor intensive.

 

Even if this is just a surficial deterioration issue, I would talk to several contractors (site visit) about alternatives and let them bid both an overlay and a replacement (or whichever options they are inclined to bid on), then after getting opinions from all three and bids for all options, make your decision. I am pretty confident that total replacement will be both the most recommended and the cheapest, at probably about $2-4/SF for asphalt or 4-6/SF for concrete - commonly nearer the lower than higher range for most jobs and locales. If the overlay and replacement cost is pretty close,I would go with the replacement because overlays over concrete are always somewhat iffy as to how long they will last, especially concrete overlays.

 

For cost comparison, except in extreme freeze-thaw country, you can figure a concrete drive will last about twice as long as an asphalt one.

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Concrete Driveway Installation And Repair reviews in Grand Rapids

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I called about 6 companies on Angie's list and he was one of about 3 that called back, and by far the most professional. He was here when he said he would be and gave a solid estimate that included a lot of things that the other guys hadn't figured in or were gonna hit me with later. Other guys showed up late for estimates if at all, and wanted to pour over existing old asphalt/brick. No way was I gonna do that.
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removed the old driveway/patio, poured 4" all the way through the job, built a step on the patio, and placed brick pavers for our front sidewalk to give us a unique look without breaking the bank.
He isn't the cheapest estimate, and he is very candid about that, but he is also very candid about the great job he will do. I will be having
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do additional work in the future, because I can count on his punctuality, and professionalism.
- Chad A.
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They were more expensive than the other
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that we contacted, but we chose the company because it was the only one that would guarantee its work. Furthermore, the crew arrived on time, acted professionally, and did a good job.
- Sanford T.
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Despite numerous attempts to reach them. We never received not only a quote, but they never called us, emailed or responded at all to our calls
- Pat A.
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It took them about 2 days. They were great. They showed up on time and they provided a good price for the service. They did good work and it still looks good 2 years later.
- Paul D.
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Mr.
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is the best of the best. I tried to get grade where it needed to be after a horrible wet spring. He bailed me out and his advice was invaluable. I won't touch my next job, I'll call Mr.
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first. He went over and far above what he should have based on our deal just to make sure my job was right. My building was way out of square and the elevations were wrong and he did what it took to make sure my floor was level. You won't go wrong with
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Concrete.
- Donald S.
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Only contractor that replied in less than a week with an estimate. Price was less than city estimated the cost would be. Driveway was falling apart and drain in front of below grade garage was not working correctly. The contractor gave a date to start but specified that weather could change the date. Work was started in the two week window the contractor gave at the time of signing the contract. Breaking up and removal of the existing concrete was done in one day and the work site was left neat. Once the city inspection was complete the pour was done the next day. The day after the pour the contractor show up and removed the forms and cleaned up the site. A drainage problem was corrected and water does not run into garage when it rains now.
The contractor showed up at the time stated and all workers on the project were skilled craftsmen. Since the replacement the contractor has stopped by multiple times to check on the driveway and my satisfaction.
- Wesley M.
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Broken concrete edges were removed as planned. Crew seemed conscientious and professional. Paving preparation began. Adjacent chain link fencing was taken down and polls were bent with heavy equipment. Asphalt was poured with gaps near borders. A portion of the driveway was incomplete and there were visible dips and roller tracks. I called the owner who told me that I didn't know anything about asphalt and that the job wasn't complete and that it would be fine. The remainder was poured with smaller rock, which meant the two portions of the driveway didn't match. The side of the driveway opposite of the fence was very uneven with clumps of asphalt offering a 8" variation. The driveway butted up to a concrete carport where more of the original concrete edges needed repair. In addition, I had a lookalike wrought iron fence with gate between the carport and driveway. This was removed during paving but took 5-6 visits for it to be reinstalled correctly. The crew took it upon themselves to drill holes in the concrete carport and place it at a different location. When they put the chain link fence back up, the fencing wasn't attached to the support posts, so this became an issue as well. The pavement was so disheartening that I had another company (one who had given me a bid from the beginning) come take a look to see what could be done to fix the dips in the driveway and make it look like pavement. This person told me that he was 99% certain that the material used was binder and not topping. He also showed me where I would have water standing, and, sure enough, he was right. I was very disappointed and will never used this company again.
- Lesley W.

All Driveway Contractors in Grand Rapids, MN

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Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Dan Richter Construction LLC

90 Reserve Drive
Grand Rapids

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

GREENE CONCRETE INC

29142 SCENIC DR
Grand Rapids

HANSON CONSTRUCTION

20988 Willchard Dr
Thief River Falls

NELSON CUSTOM CONCRETE

P.O. Box 27069
Minneapolis

RealStone

335 Park Avenue, PO Box 637
Bagley

Renaissance Custom Design DBA Bruce Hinton

20239 Oreland Mine Rd
Deerwood

STROMBERG CONSTRUCTION LLC

41372 LITTLE CLARA DR
Deer River

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100
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